The Board meets on the first and third Monday of each month. Meetings begin at 1:00 p.m. and are held in the department conference room at 65 Lafayette Ave, Littleton. Board meetings are open to the public and time is allotted for public comments at each meeting.
The regularly scheduled Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting began at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, August 1, 2011 in the Littleton Water and Light Department (LWL) conference room. Present were Commissioner Eddy Moore, Commissioner Perry Goodell and Commissioner Ralph Ross, Financial Services Director Cheryl Wilkins, Operations Manager Richard Herrington and Administrative Assistant Sharon Hampson.
The minutes of July 18, 2011 regularly scheduled Commissioners meeting were reviewed. Commissioner Ross made a motion to accept the minutes as presented, seconded by Commissioner Moore.
The vote was in favor 3-0-0.
OPERATIONS MANAGER REPORT:
Mr. Herrington stated the Burndy substation is back online. The line crew will be working on the 34.5 bypass as time permits.
Repairs have been completed at the Partridge Lake substation and is ready to be put back on line.
Commissioner Goodell asked if National Grid was working on the problems at Pattenville. Mr. Herrington stated that he has not been notified that any repairs have been made and the town is still on Moore Station. Commissioner Ross asked if LWL has gotten a response from National Grid regarding the letter that was sent to them.
Mr. Herrington stated he has not received a response from them. Mr. Herrington will contact National Grid again.
Mr. Herrington requested the BOC review a proposed bond form to be used by New Hampshire Optical as part of the Pole Attachment Agreement. Also, requested the contract between FairPoint, LWL, and NH Optical is signed. Mr. Herrington stated that NH Optical Systems was awarded a contract to bring broadband access to the North Country. Commissioner Goodell asked if there was enough room on the poles for others to attach. Each pole attachment would have to be evaluated for proper clearance. LWL Commissioner Ross asked if there was an amount on the bond stipulation.
Mr. Herrington explained that according to the contract, it is dependant on the number of pole attachments, not to exceed $300,000.00. The bond form was approved and Commissioner Moore signed the contract.
Mr. Herrington reviewed the tree trimming budget. We should have about three weeks left of trimming in the budget. The high line mowing and cutting cost $23,000.00 and took away five weeks from the regular trimming schedule. Commissioner Goodell asked where they were trimming now. Mr. Herrington stated they are in the Partridge Lake area.
Mr. Herrington stated the problem with the “DND” phone button was due to a faulty UPS system. When the Lafayette emergency generator goes through its weekly exercise test it would shut the “DND” button off. The UPS unit has been replaced.
Commissioner Goodell asked about the hot spot at the West Side substation.
Mr. Herrington stated that we just received the inspection report and the line crews will be working on the problems. We will need to shut down West Side substation to inspect the connectors that are showing excessive heat. The other problems will be reviewed to determine corrective action.
Commissioner Goodell asked about the Redington Street bridge water line.
Mr. Herrington explained the line has been installed across the bridge and through each abutment. There is no timeline as to when they will finish the tie in to the main line. They are working on completing the decking now.
Commissioner Goodell asked about the water situation out to the intake. Mr. Herrington said the water department feels it is maintaining adequate supply but will keep monitoring it. The Brickyard Pump Station phase failure relay has been replaced and the pump station is operational.
FINANCIAL DIRECTORS REPORT:
Mrs. Wilkins reviewed the financial statements for the month ending June with the Commissioners. Several discrepancies as compared to budget were discussed and explained by Mrs. Wilkins.
Mrs. Wilkins explained an email she received from Craig Kieny regarding purchasing power. The prices Craig Kieny received over the phone ranged from $49.85/Mwh to $51.15/Mwh for 2012 to 2013 for around-the-clock power. These prices are 1% to 2% less than August 2010 prices. The BOC are agreeable with purchasing one megawatt each for 2012 and 2013.
Mrs. Wilkins explained the list of cash accounts. Commissioner Goodell felt the conversion upgrades were not getting done. Mr. Herrington stated that the department has been continually working on different circuits that are part of the conversion.
Mr. Herrington will work on an updated list for the BOC to review of what still needs to be accomplished for the conversion.
Commissioner Goodell asked if there was any news on the Oak Hill reservoir.
Mrs. Wilkins stated LWL got a rating of twenty bringing us half way down on the list. The
NHDES will allow projects on the list until spring of 2012 for voter approval before entering into agreements. If the project fails to get approval NHDES will bypass the project and move down the priority list.
Commissioner Moore made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by
The vote was in favor 3-0-0.
Meeting adjourned at 2:05 p.m.
The regularly scheduled Commissioner’s meeting is held twice monthly on the first and third Monday, at 1:00 p.m., in the Department’s conference room.